Welcome to Easter
The Easter flowers we sell have been raised in greenhouses. These pampered plants should be kept indoors, therefore, as sudden exposure to cold outdoor temperatures may shock the plant causing it to die or sustain serious damage. Once the season is over, many of these flowers can be recycled into your garden. Bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths, Easter lilies and tulips may be planted in the fall for color the following spring. Do not cut off the leaves until they have completely yellowed. The bulb stores energy for next year's blooms by collecting sunlight through its leaves. If you cut them off, the plant may not bloom properly or at all the following year. Hydrangeas and azaleas can be planted out as well. If you need to cut them at all, for example to tidy up the shape, do so immediately after the plant is done flowering. In the fall, both of these plants will set bud for spring blooms. The mums are considered florist's mum and generally are not hardy in our area.
and Mini Daffodils
Hyacinths (1 stem and 3 stem)
Hydrangeas (pink and blue)
Pansies and Viola
Violas are closely related to pansies. They are actually short-lived perennials that are not killed by hot temperatures. The flowers tend to be a bit smaller than pansy flowers.
|Starting your summer flowers in
At Colonial Farm, our season gets into full swing the very first part of January. While gardeners are cooped up at home wistfully wishing they could get out and play in the dirt, we have already started! Our planting season begins first with a good "spring cleaning." We power wash and disinfect the interiors of our greenhouses,making sure we pick a sunny day because we do tend to get wet. Then the process of filling pots and flats with potting soil begins. Using a large machine called a Gleason, we fill its hopper with huge bales of a soil-less potting mix and send through the plastic pots and flats. These are then carried into the greenhouses and set up waiting for seeds and starter plants. While most of the herbs and vegetables are started as seeds on our greenhouse-long heat mat, we do also order in small rooted cuttings and very young plants. The geraniums come in as rooted cuttings about 2" tall. These are planted, fertilized, watered and de-budded from the first week of February to April, when we then allow the buds to mature into blossoms. By taking off the buds until April, the plants are able to put all their energy into growing big and strong. Other plants come in as plugs. These are very young plants with growth only about 1" long. They arrive in trays of approximately 300 plants. We typically get 3-4 shipments of plug trays between February and May, with each shipment consisting of 50 to 100 trays! That's alot of planting! But we really have fun doing it and love to watch the plants grow and bloom for your gardening pleasure.